Search

West Ham MP sponsors bill to keep ex-social housing sales local

09:42 07 February 2013

The MP for West Ham hopes to reform a housing market that “isn’t delivering for hard-working local people” by sponsoring a new bill through Parliament.

Lyn Brown endorsed a bill in the House of Commons on Thursday put forward by fellow Labour MP Gareth Thomas proposing the sale of former social housing in urban areas should be restricted to people who live and work locally.

Under the original Right to Buy law, ‘local occupancy clauses’ were created to allow local authorities in the National Parks to limit sales of the ex-council run properties to people who have lived or worked in the area for three years.

The bill was presented under the Ten Minute Rule - where MPs talk to the Commons about why a particular bill should be adopted for that amount of time - with the intention of helping to reduce house prices, boosting co-operative housing schemes, and tackle the problem of land-banking by housing developers where land is deliberately left undeveloped while prices rise.

Ms Brown said: “It’s clear that the housing market isn’t delivering for hard-working local people with a modest income. “Families with children in school need security which is hard to come by in the local private rented sector.

“Our families and young people who live and have grown up in the area deserve to know that they have a real chance of one day being a home owner in the community of which they are a part.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest News Stories

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales (centre) with Cllrs Obaid Khan, left, and Unmesh Desai, and children from Community Links' after school club in Rokeby Street, Stratford.

The Mayor of Newham has pledged his support to the Newham Recorder and Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal, handing over a donation to some of the youngsters supported by the charity.

Robin
Yesterday, 16:09
Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Yesterday, 15:39
Egita Galvona has set up a sewing class workshop in Stratford

A clothes-making mum has set up her own sewing workshop to give others the freedom to create their own threads.

Newham College
Yesterday, 12:00
The Scrabble Champions tournament is taking place at the ExCel

For many people, Scrabble is a game that only gets played with the family when you’re full of roast turkey and trimmings.

London

Most read news

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition